INSPIRING HOMES BY ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: MARC JACOBS
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs’s New York townhouse is a real “tour de force” of old-school glamour and serious design connoisseurship.
Marc Jacobs is no stranger to provocative gestures. Those who have followed his career over the past three decades are more than used to seeing the jet-setting couturier in an array of exaggerated poses, whether at the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art tricked out in a peekaboo black lace dress over white boxer shorts or exposing his own shapely bum—by accident—on Instagram.
Considering Jacobs’s free-spirit we can all be expecting his Manhattan home to be similarly unbound, irreverent or funky. But, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The four-floor Greenwich Village townhouse evokes the air of old-school chic design that wafted through the dreamy abodes of Jacobs’s fashion forebears.
“I’m not big on having a particular concept or look,” Jacobs says about the aesthetic sensibility of his home. “I just want to live with things I genuinely love—great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ’70s, and contemporary art. But I didn’t want the house to feel like a pristine gallery or a Deco stage set—just something smart, sharp, and comfortable.”
When Jacobs purchased the newly constructed home in 2009 for himself and his fiancé at that time, Lorenzo Martone, it was just raw space, and the couple hired interior designer Thad Hayes to oversee its build-out and decoration. Hayes recalls a telling moment early in the process when he and Jacobs were discussing upholstery options. “We were looking at a classic boxy Jean-Michel Frank sofa and Marc said, offhandedly, ‘Of course I love it—it’s tattooed on my torso.’ Then he lifted up his shirt and showed me the couch.”
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